Lebron James is upset as his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 crashes and burns

Lebron James is upset as his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 crashes and burns
The Miami Heat have lost four out of their last five games. Analysts can blame this losing spell on a number of things, including fatigue. But here at PhoneArena, we know the real reason for the Heat's skid. Blame it on LeBron James' Samsung Galaxy Note 3. You might have seen the reigning MVP promoting Samsung's phablet on television, and unlike Ellen, the Miami Heat star actually does use his Samsung phablet wherever he goes.

So what is it about James' phablet that has him so pre-occupied? According to a tweet sent out by LeBron (his @KingJames Twitter site is widely followed), his phone just rebooted and wiped out all of the memory on the unit. LeBron called it one of the sickest feelings he ever had in his life. Um, LeBron, remember that Game Six loss to Dallas in the 2011 NBA Finals? Or even tonight's one point loss to Brooklyn?

LeBron pulled the tweet, but it was probably not met with smiles in Korea where Samsung is based. After all, Sammy does pay LeBron handsomely to promote the company's mobile devices. Still, LeBron's phablet did stop working and he is pissed just like any of us would be if our phone just rebooted and did an unwanted memory wipe.

Considering Nokia's recent attempt to insinuate itself in situations like this, we would have expected a note to LeBron from the Finnish handset manufacturer along with a new Nokia Lumia 1520. But surprise! It was the marketing challenged HTC that sent a tweet to James telling him that the world's best player needs the world's best smartphone. Well, you can see that HTC still doesn't have this marketing thing down because nowhere does it say the name of the device that is the best smartphone in the world. If we were running HTC's U.S. based marketing, we would have made sure that an HTC One max was on the way to LeBron and his teammates in Miami.

source: @KingJames via RedmondPie

UPDATE: Great news! LeBron got all of his data back and the free world has been saved.

source: @KingJames

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

that, lebron james is why we back up our phones

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

If a phone was well built, you wouldn't need to. All the smartphones in my family and nothing like this has ever happened.

7. rangaha

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

First time I've ever heard of a phone erasing itself after a reboot. I smell a marketing ploy.

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I don't think a busy NBA basketball player will have the time to do a childish marketing ploy. Maybe he did something wrong with his Note 3 or maybe his Note 3 is a faulty handset.

28. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Happened with my iPad, apps were still there but all data was deleted. Happens sometimes. We have to Just deal with it.

52. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

happened to my nokia before,its an old nokia 5800,it rebooted and losses ALL the contacts and sms

54. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

True. Even if the phone erased, at least he should still have most info like contacts, sms (if he enabled backup), photos, etc.

68. jmonteiro829

Posts: 265; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Don't have to enable backup with contacts in Android. Any Android user should have all their contacts synced with Google since you sign in with your Gmail account. SMS.. I really don't care if I lose that info.. anything important I will save by other means. Can every single SMS be that important that all need to be backed up? What I would be more upset about is application data. This is the exact reason I root my Android and install Titanium Backup. All application data and the app itself is auto backed up to the MicroSD card. Another thing to consider is I also have all Pics synced with cloud storage. I was using Google plus for this but since Flickr offered 1TB for pics I opted for that and bought an auto sync application for Flickr.

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Smartphones are computers and like computers random malfunctions happen . This is a 1st I've heard of a phone rebooting and erase everything. Would be vexed myself if it was me especially if I had not backed up.

14. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Although Sammy has something to say about this, its very childish for HTC to use this for its benefit. As taz89 said malfunctions can occur to a computer. This would be considered cyberbullying if it was person to person. How childish is that

62. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Deal with it everyday in tech. Usually happens when the SD is faulty.

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Me, my wife and my mother in law have the Note 3. Before that we had Note 2's and Galaxy S3's. None have wiped themselves so this isn't a common problem. Nice try though.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is not a single smartphone model in the world that hasn't crashed and burned at some point. When you're selling millions of these things, there are going to be a few that have issues.

56. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Never dropped a phone or got it wet? stuff happens man, even to well built phones. fyi, I still use a Note 2 and have had NO issues. I would say IT is a well built phone

11. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet one of his lil boys hit the factory reset botton. Not just with the note 3, but in my 4 years as an android user, never had this issue or I've heard about it.

36. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Guys a friend of mine has an S3 and once it did the same thing for security, his android was hacked and his stuff vulnerable. and that was the last mesure his phone would take, we asked everywhere no one had a similar accident happen.


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

The note 3 has been plagued with issues. Wanted to get one, but I can't deal with the problems. Going for the Max.

66. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What? Whoever told you that lie should be banned from the internet.

72. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Chefjeff.You must be a bad person!!!! lol. Note 3 is the best phone out there!!!! Go get you one and enjoy to the max!!

78. jvquarck

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

HA HA HA Hah aha ha haha hahaha hahaha hahaha ahahahaha hahahaha hahaha ... ahhhhh and... hahahahHAHAHhaha, btw thanks for making my day...

3. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Pfft! Nokia already has a 1520 headed to his house! LOL!

5. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I backup my phone once a month and so i can be careless rest of the time.

63. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

When set to auto, I have never manually backed up my phone, yet when I moved from one to another, it was all there. Best feeling.

6. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

he lost so hard to the bulls that his note 3 couldn't take it and it killed itself LOL

22. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Best comment ever! hahaha

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Alan F. seem to be bashing Samsung and Android while praising Apple. Seem like PA editor had join into the fan war.

9. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

lol I guess he learned the hard way, iphone and iCloud would have saved him.

79. jvquarck

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

Oh yeah, you clearly can't backup your data on the google cloud.. AHAHhaha priceless comments, keep them coming.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Utter hogwash!!! Galaxy's don't just reboot and wipe on their own; he must've had an iCloud account installed for that to have happened, allegedly! By the vay, there's something called an ExtSD Card for these supersmartphones; try getting one Le'Bron, it's not like you can't afford it. After all, you make baZillions each year; it's not like you're on a bus driver's salary!

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